The thinner version is OK but does not coil as nicely as the one I linked to. I
use the thinner one for short 'tails' to connect the mic in its shock mount and
then tie that off on the handle then connect to the main cable. That way you
don't have the weight of cable pulling on the mic in its mount and the thinner
stuff seems ideal used in this way.
It's still a good cable but I did not get on with it in long lengths due to it
not being so easy to coil plus it does not feel as soft.
----- Original Message ----
From: Michael Oates <>
Sent: Tuesday, 25 September, 2007 6:28:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] What is the best mic cable for nature
Thank you for your recommendation.. Have you used the thinner version of that
"SQB" that is 4.7mm dia, I was wondering if that would be a good one for use
both to reduce weight and mechanical noise?
Both are detailed on:
http://www.canford. co.uk/commerce/ resources/ catdetails/ 2259.pdf
>I use this stuff http://www.canford. co..uk/commerce/ item_30-436_ 2001374.aspx
>It is made to the BBC specification so it is what Canford supply to the Beeb.
>I have worked for the dear old auntie for the past 34 years and their starquad
>seems to cope with almost anything. This particular version has a thicker more
>flexible sheath and is very nice, good price too.
>I am an old-stick-in- the-mud and like to use two cables for stereo. I have 2
>x 10 meter lengths of this which I carry around when needed and don't find it
>particularly heavy. The outer sheath seems pretty durable and it seems to stay
>flexible when it's cold.. It coils nicely in the hand when derigging the mics
>which is always good.
>Hope that helps you.
>----- Original Message ----
>From: Michael Oates < org>
>To: naturerecordists@ yahoogroups. com
>Sent: Tuesday, 25 September, 2007 10:09:25 AM
>Subject: [Nature Recordists] What is the best mic cable for nature recordings
>What is the best mic cable for nature recordings, ideal qualities being:
>- flexible even in low temperatures
>- lightweight (got to carry it!)
>- hard wearing, (rocks and trees can take their toll)
>- capable of stereo transmission (prefrable to two seperate cables)
>- good RF rejection ? I don't know how important it is to use starquad
>when used outside. Any starquad is going be less flexable and greater
>weight, so is this needed?
>Canare starquad L-4E6S was mentioned in recent posts, but the spec doesn't
>seem anything special. And to be honest using it for stereo seems rather
>dodgy as each channel is not twisted together.
>So what do you recommend?
>I am in the UK, so perhaps if someone could recommend cable from a supplier
>such as Canford? www.canford. co.uk it would be appreciated.
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